US House Approves 2021 Military Budget | The US House of Representatives has approved the 2021 defense budget that provides for sanctions against Russian gas pipelines, a vote showed.
US House Approves 2021 Military Budget
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – Earlier, US President Donald Trump threatened to veto the document. US leaders are unhappy with some specific provisions, but Congress has so far ignored the president’s threats.
In particular, according to the $740 billion bills, measures are planned to target Moscow, including expanded sanctions on the Nord Stream-2 and Turkish Stream pipelines, further arms supplies to Ukraine, a ban on US-Russian military cooperation, and S-400 SAM sanctions on Turkey.
The document had the support of more than 300 members of the lower house of parliament or more than two-thirds of the total 438 members of the lower house. Thus, if necessary, the House of Representatives can override Trump’s veto, but the Senate, which has not yet voted on the bill, will also need to do so.
Trump has complained that he has been “stitched up” by Congress’ desire to change the name of a military base named after a slave southern warlord during the American Civil War. Supporters of the bill say it will help fight racism, while opponents say it is an unnecessary reconciliation with American history.
The president has also demanded that the law provides for measures to hold social networks and news organizations accountable for the content they publish. These measures are not a defense, but concern Trump’s personal and social media accounts. Platforms such as Twitter and Facebook often flag the president’s statements as misinformation or controversial content.
Trump has accused them of censoring him and trying to influence his policies. If social networks and media publications were to be held legally accountable, it would break with an established tradition in the United States and could effectively make it extremely difficult for the media to operate. Congress has not endorsed the President on this issue.